Cambodia? Uhh, ok.

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 27, 2013

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Monday, January 14, 2013

After renting my somewhat expensive room yesterday, I venture out in the afternoon to find another, cheaper, place to stay.  Wandering the winding, narrow streets, I find myself above water on non-OSHA approved, rickety unstable planks wandering through what appears to be people's homes.   One misstep here and it is into sewage water for you!  Kids must be very coordinated. 
Not sure what to do, I return to my hotbox of a room and sleep/sweat it out through the night.  Someone forgot their glasses case so I figured I'd McGyver (spelling?) one out of a semi-rigid water bottle.  But, I need a knife to cut the top off so I can slide the glasses inside.  Simple enough.  Do I have a knife?  Of course not.  So, I go a-hunting.  I hear someone rustling around and their door is's a youngish man packing up.  I ask for the knife and sure enough, he's more prepared than I.  Turns out he speaks great English as he's a Canadian from Vancouver. (No comments from the peanut gallery please---I must have some homing scent for those Canadian men).  Anyway, he's headed south to meet a friend in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.  Do I want to tag along?  Uhhh, sure.  And that's how I've ended up in the south of Thailand in Trat, awaiting the morning bus to cross the Cambodian border. 
    And, while we're at it, I can't believe I just said "I'm waiting to cross the Cambodian border in the morning"!!!  The digs here in Trat are nice...another fan room, but, now wait for'll never own private bathroom WITH toilet paper and hot water (although the hot water is not really any use since all you dream of all day is a cold shower to wash the sticky sweat from your crying body).  All of this for the pricey rate of 175 Baht which equals a hefty ~$5.75 USD.  Don't get too excited for me yet, as I had to spend almost $10 in taxi fees today trying to get to the right freakin bus station to get to this city...I feel like I'm on a video game quest with people trying to give you information all the time, but you never know which is real or a ploy.  That and the Thailand Lonely Planet 2007 version is just plain wrong now. 
I'm signing off now to go figure out when the hell the bus leaves for Cambodia in the morning...(and sorry if this wasn't as witty, pretty tired today...maybe the jet lag catching up to me). 
Oh yeah, and one final thing...thanks for all the comments yesterday...really nice to read the supportive words! 
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Matt on

Sounds great Jazz. I know it's hot and navigating the world is difficult but that's why you're there right!? Otherwise just go to a Sandals resort for a week.

Happy to see you're doing great despite the momentary setbacks. There are a lot of people that would give up and come back home at the first obstacle like, say, no map, let a lone even take the plunge to do the trip in the first place.

Proud of you and nice to hear you have a travel buddy. Maybe you can pick up a few things from an experienced SE Asia traveller. Good luck in Cambodia!

Carla Ellithorpe on

I'm glad things are looking up for you and that you found a friend. Hopefully that will make your journey a little more pleasant until you get your travel legs under you. It sounds really interesting so far. When are you going to hit one of those beautiful Thai beaches?

Alan Duncan on

What they said ;)

Linda on

Love the pepsi, and coca-cola. Yeah something I recognize. I don't know about those sidewalks, what is the weight rating? I don't know if I would have dared step foot on those. Ok, the digs look a little sketchy. Of course it is all relative as I have not seen the rest of the city. Hope you are able to get some much needed rest at this new stop. What happened to your new bud for traveling? I know you were excited to just hear some familiar words. I would have stuck so hard to him, he would have thought I was a tick. (southern expressionism). I could see the buses in one picture- hey - they are real buses with seats and everything. Of course that doesn't mean you can't bring your chickens with you if you want. By the way, what have you been eating? You are doing a great job. I hope you are able to continue to meet people to help you along the way. And you may have a new friend when you get back to Vancouver.

Jonathan on

I figured I would try to lend some advice. If I've learned anything from watching 'The Amazing Race', if you ever need directions... instead of asking people on the street, or various venders, always shoot for a hotel, or travel agent. Just a better chance they speak English. Obviously this is all assuming that there is one of them close by. At any rate, food for thought.
Which makes me want to echo your mom and ask... 'what have you been eating so far?'

jware on

that is a good idea and one I will probably need a lot of in Vietnam. We chatted with two girls this eve that had been through Vietnam and they felt that they were scammed more there than anywhere good to keep in mind. Thanks! As for the eating comment, I think I'll address that in the next stay tuned!

jware on

Those 'sidewalks' were merely boards laid upon rickety posts....I kinda lost my balance once or twice walking on those suckers!
Me and my buddy are still together...see next entry for more info!

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